In the early years of the automotive industry, Cleveland was a hub of activity, particularly when it came to the production of luxury cars. The first diesel engine in the United States was constructed in Cleveland, the concept of “ready-made” (versus custom-made) cars got its start in our city, and the first car accident in history occurred on streets with which Ohioans are very familiar. We often forget the rich culture that automobiles enriched old-timey Cleveland with, but these vintage photos will take you back in time.

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It truly is remarkable to learn how Cleveland has played a role in the development and growth of the auto industry. All these historic photos have me dreaming of all the classic cars I’d like to own. What is your favorite classic car? Let us know, and tell us any facts you may have learned growing up about the local auto history!

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